August 28 Energy News

August 28, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “A Carbon Tax That Sends Americans Checks Could Pass This Fall: Interview” • The Senate will be voting on a reconciliation package soon. One of the things in that package is a proposed carbon tax that would actually use the funds from the carbon tax to create jobs, grow the economy, and even send monthly checks to US households. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla’s Re|Source Blockchain Collaboration For Cobalt Aims To Prove That Tesla Ethically Sources Its Cobalt” • To ensure transparency, Tesla is developing a blockchain platform that will allow users to track what cobalt it does get from the mine to the battery. Reportly, Tesla is working with cobalt producers to develop the blockchain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Accelerating Disruptions To El Niño And La Niña” • Two studies, published in Nature Climate Change and Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, examine the complexity of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation’s variability. In the first, the variability will increase; in the second, it will instead collapse. Neither is good. [IFLScience]

Model of ocean temperatures (Institute for Basic Science)

¶ “China Set To Begin First Trials Of Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Using Thorium Instead Of Uranium” • Scientists in China are about to turn on for the first time an experimental reactor that’s believed by some to be the Holy Grail of nuclear energy – safer, cheaper, and with less potential for weaponization. At a capacity of 2 MW, the test reactor is small. [ABC] (For safer, cheaper, and no weaponization, try solar, wind, and batteries.)

World:

¶ “Queen Elizabeth II Will Attend UN Climate Change Talks In Glasgow” • Queen Elizabeth II will attend a pivotal UN climate change conference in Glasgow this fall, giving a royal boost to the event, according to a tweet from organizers. The UK is hosting global leaders for the nearly two weeks of talks in the Scottish city from October 31 to November 12. [CNN]

Queen Elizabeth II speaking to open parliament (Parliament TV)

¶ “Government To Ban Single-Use Plastic Cutlery” • The British government announced plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plates, and polystyrene cups in England. Ministers said the move would help to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic waste in oceans. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland already have plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery. [BBC]

¶ “World’s First Crewless, Zero Emissions Cargo Ship Will Set Sail In Norway” • Yara International, a Norwegian company, has created what it calls the world’s first zero-emission, autonomous cargo ship. The ship is to make a journey between two towns in Norway, with a reduced crew on board to test the autonomous systems, before the end of the year. [CNN]

Yara Birkeland (Yara International image)

¶ “SSE Renewables Pours £50 Million Into Second Life Of Scottish Hydro Plant” • A hydro-electric power station in the Highlands of Scotland secured new life through a £50 million investment by SSE Renewables. The company announced it will deploy new turbine technology in its Tummel Bridge Hydro-Electric power plant. [Energy Live News]

US:

¶ “New Orleans Braces For Possible Direct Hit By Hurricane Ida” • The mayor of New Orleans has called for residents to evacuate unprotected city neighbourhoods as Hurricane Ida bears down on the Louisiana coastline. Forecasters say the hurricane will be at category 4 strength by the time it reaches the Louisiana coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. [BBC]

Hurricane Ida (National Weather Service image)

¶ “Energy Infrastructure Near Hurricane Ida” • Hurricane Ida is approaching the U.S. Gulf Coast region and is expected to make landfall on August 29. Our Energy Disruptions Map has layers for energy-related infrastructure such as high-voltage transmission lines, power plants including two nuclear power plants, and petroleum bulk terminals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rivian Aims For $80 Billion Valuation In IPO” • At long last, Rivian is on the verge of going public. It hasn’t yet delivered a single customer car (or truck), but it is aiming to start its public market life with a whopping $80 billion valuation when it has an IPO later this year. That might seem like a lot, but Amazon and Ford are already big investors. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup truck (Rivian image)

¶ “Voices Of 100%: A Renewable City Coalition Grows In Western Montana” • For this episode of the ILSR’s “Voices of 100%” series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell talks with local leaders in Helena, Montana. Helena has joined Missoula and Bozeman, building a coalition for 100% renewable energy in western Montana. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Campaign To Shut Down New York City’s Peaker Plants Gains Congressional Ally” • Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) threw her support behind a proposal to cut the number of peaker power plants in New York City in half by 2025 and to zero in 2030. “They are old, inefficient, costly, and dirty,” one Peak Coalition activist said. [Utility Dive]

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